The First 100,000 Funded Kickstarter Projects in 100 Numbers

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Kickstarter BlogJustin Kazmark and Andrew Nichols | February 8, 2016

Source: Kickstarter blog

Source: Kickstarter blog

Last night at 11:29pm EST, an inspired and visually striking photography project called “Falklands/Malvinas: One War, all Wars” became the 100,000th project to be successfully funded with Kickstarter. Using a system that didn’t exist just seven years ago, photographer Adriana Groisman and 282 of her supporters pushed another creative idea one step closer to reality.

In the 6 years, 9 months, and 10 days since Kickstarter launched, much has changed and much has remained the same. It still takes tremendous courage to step out on a limb, and try to create something entirely new. But from where we stand, the state of creativity is more encouraging than ever. To celebrate this milestone we took a look at 100 numbers behind those first 100,000 successfully funded projects. It's a list that reflects some of the best and brightest qualities of the Kickstarter community, and the creative spirit that animates it.

1. Number of successfully funded Kickstarter projects from our launch on April 28, 2009 to February 7, 2016: 100,000

2. Number of creative categories and subcategories that those projects represent — from Architecture to Zines: 165

3. Time it took to reach the first 100 successfully funded projects: 121 days

4. Time it took to reach the last 100 successfully funded projects: 3 days

5. Number of creators who launched those 100,000 projects: 86,101

6. Number of creators who have launched more than one successfully funded project on Kickstarter: 8,539

7. Highest number of successfully funded projects by a single creator: 94

Related: What makes a Kickstarter campaign kick?

8. Number of successfully funded projects launched by current Kickstarter employees: 40

9. Percentage of successfully funded creators who have also backed someone else’s Kickstarter project: 70.58%

10. Number of creators who have pledged more money to other Kickstarter projects than they raised for their own funded projects: 803

11. Number of countries represented by the backers of the project with the most international support: 169

12. Distance between a given project’s location and one of its backers, on average: 2,317.09 miles

13. Number of backers who pledged to those 100,000 projects: 9,088,422

14. Number of project updates that creators have shared with backers across all successfully funded projects: 1,037,723

15. Highest number of updates from a single project: 301

Related: 2014 stats are in: Kickstarter By The Numbers

16. Number of successfully funded Music projects — the category with the largest share of projects: 22,133

17. Number of albums, compositions, or performances that have been nominated for a Grammy — from Rhythm & Blues to Latin Jazz: 15 (Four of which are in contention a week from today — good luck!)

18. Number of creators who have won a Grammy for their Kickstarter project so far: 4

19. Highest rank of a Kickstarter-funded album on the Billboard 200: 7

20. Approximate size of a fragment of DNA stretched out to its full length, in the art-science performance collaboration “Music of the Spheres,” which produced the first piece of music recorded onto DNA molecules: 6.22 x 10^-8 meters

21. Frequency of the pitch emitted by the world's loneliest whale — the subject of a documentary film chronicling the search to find him: 52 Hz

22. Number of times the spouting whale emoji appears in Emoji Dick —the first emoji book acquired by the Library of Congress: 1,339

23. Number of live oysters that one project wants to restore to 100 acres of oyster reefs in New York Harbor by 2030: 1,000,000,000

24. Total length of rebar used to build a Living Sea Sculpture set to become a coral refuge in an underwater museum in the Caribbean: 69 meters

25. Estimated number of sculpture projects — from Ai Weiwei’s “Tree” installation at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, to an award-winning paleoartist’s full-body reconstruction of a dryptosaurus: 586

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